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Dave in Boerne, TX's Interview Answers

Previous Owner-Builder for Dave in Boerne, TX at OwnerBuilderBook.com - Build Your Own Home

How many children do you have?
 None
 
What's the population of the community where you built?
 <50,000
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
How much combined time did you spend planning?
 400 - 500 hours
 
How many bids did you get for each subcontracted trade, on average?
 Three
 
Did you have any problems getting your building permit?
 No problems as an owner-builder
 
Did you get liened by anybody?
 No liens
 
Did you get materials separate from labor on any of the trades?
 30% - 40%
 
How many finished levels in your most recent owner-built house?
 One
 
What type of construction?
 Conventional framing
 
House style?
 Victorian
 
Do you want to say anything more about your house style or construction?
 This project involved the joining of new to old, being that an existing home built in circa 1860 was refurbished and additional square footage was added on.
 
How much did you save altogether vs. appraised or street value?
 20% - 25%
 
How many hours did you spend as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 800 - 900 hrs.
 
Were you working when you owner-built?
 Only wife working
 
Who took primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
How much did you save on the trades you did yourself?
 $10,000 - $30,000
 
How long did your self-work trades take?
 100 - 200 hours
 
Did you get bids from generals?
 Three
 
Have you had it appraised?
 Yes
 
Was yours a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Did you use a designer, architect, stock plan?
 Architect
 
How many covered vehicle spaces did you provide in your owner-built house?
 One
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
What was the age of your previous home?
 5 - 10 yrs.
 
Did you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 One
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
Are you a coupon shopper?
 10% - 20% of the time
 

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How many finished levels in your future owner-built house?
 One
 
What type of construction are you planning?
 Conventional
 
Planned house style?
 Victorian
 
How much do you plan to save altogether vs. appraised value?
 40% - 45%
 
How many hours do you project spending as a couple, counting planning and construction?
 800 - 900 hrs.
 
Will you be working when you owner-build?
 Only wife working
 
Who will take primary responsibility in your family for the work?
 Husband primary
 
Will your project be a starter, step-up, custom, or dream home?
 Custom
 
Will you get comparison bids from general contractors?
 More than three
 
What percentage of the time do you think O-B's get liened by subs or vendors?
 Less than one percent
 
What time of year will you start?
 Jan-Feb
 
Do you have a step-up strategy?
 Yes
 
How much combined time will you spend planning?
 400 - 500 hours
 
How many times are you planning to do this?
 One time total
 
Are you organized?
 Pretty organized
 
Are you a good shopper?
 Good shopper
 
What is the average General Contractor estimate to build your plans?
 $250 - $275
 
What is the average monthly maintenance cost of the house you'll be leaving?
 $200 - $300
 
What is the average monthly utility cost in your current home?
 $150 - $200
 
Will you incorporate active solar panels (PV) into your home?
 No
 
Will you build in town or in the country?
 Urban
 
What's the population of the community where you will build?
 <50,000
 
How much calendar time will there be from when you first did some written planning to groundbreaking?
 Six to 12 months
 
Do you know your credit score?
 Yes
 
What will you choose for wall insulation?
 Fiberglass batts
 
What will be the R-value of your walls?
 R-19
 
How much construction industry experience will you have before you owner-build?
 1-2 years
 
How many books about contracting or the trades will you read when you owner-build?
 Three
 
How many houses have you built, remodeled or added on to as an owner-builder?
 None
 
How many children do you have?
 None
 
How many children will be living at home when you owner-build?
 None
 
How many bedrooms are you planning on?
 Two
 
How many bathrooms are you planning on?
 1 - 2
 
How many air conditioning units will you include in your owner-built house?
 Two compressors
 
If stick-built, will you use 2x4 or 2x6 framing?
 2x4
 
Do you have experience using spreadsheets for budgeting or scheduling?
 Never used a spreadsheet
 
Will you take pictures of the job when you owner-built?
 Many pictures
 
Do you own a truck?
 Yes
 
How many covered vehicle spaces will you provide in your owner-built house?
 One
 
How much personal use do you make of the Internet?
 1-5 hours
 
Is your occupation "blue collar" or "white collar"?
 Won't be working when I build
 
Do you plan to use any personal friends as subs?
 One
 
How many houses have you owned prior to this one?
 Four
 
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